A unique range of poetry courses available for anyone with an internet connection.
Everyone has the potential to be a poet. It is a bit like learning to drive, some will learn and enjoy a quiet trip out at the weekends, others will find the cut and thrust of city driving to be a challenge, and some will be gifted and go on to the racetrack. Well it isn’t like that really but you get the point, there is something in writing poetry for everyone. And even if after giving it a fair test you find that writing is not for you, then you will develop a deeper appreciation of reading poetry and what it has to offer.
As a general rule, if you are new to writing poetry, and are looking to find out more, and to see if you have an aptitude for it, then the Foundation Course, would be the right one. This helps to create the time and space to explore poetry and get into the habit of writing on a regular basis, also helps to consider the subject. At the end of the Foundation Course the poet should be forming the habit of writing, recognising subjects. They should also be developing skills in reading and editing their own poetry.
The Part 1 Poetry Course is for the poet who is trying to explore poetry and develop their style. This course looks at form and structure in poetry. More of a general course and one that will give a wider view of poetry, and help the poet to broaden their approach and learn about the various poetic devices and effects that can be used. A course that focuses on the craft of writing. At the end of this course the poet should have a broader understanding of form, structure and style. Editing and rewriting skills should be improved. They should also have an indication of what editors are looking for in selecting poems for publication.
The Part 2 Poetry Course. Take this on a stage and helps the poet to develop their own voice and individuality at the same time broadening the appeal of the poem and considering the audience as an intrinsic part of the creative process. At the end of this course the poet should be able to consider particular markets and readership. Have an understanding and be able to identify and use approptiate poetic devices, and be able to create poetry wich is crafted and individual.
Mentoring is for those who have been writing for some time and who want to find new ways to develop their poetry. This is a course which focuses on the needs of the individual. So aspects of writing are explored and techniques engaged to explore and present alternatives to push the poet to achieve their potential. Bad habits are identified and a strategies for writing and further development are developed. At the end of this course the poet should be better able to identify problems in their writing and be prepared to experiment and develop their style.
Our courses are a bit like correspondence courses conducted by email with some downloaded information from time to time. So you will need access to an email provider and occasionally the internet, although if there are problems with that then other arrangements can be made. Nearly all of the work we do is via emails.
No. All course materials are part of the set work and assignments for the course and will be sent to you via email by the course tutor. A recommended list of poems to read will be provided, but these are available on the internet and only for background and personal study, not intended as part of the course.
No. Times are flexible. You will get an email with information and assignments or feedback, and you can respond to this in your own time.
Many of our courses are ten session, the length a session can vary, but generally an overall ten session course can be completed in eight weeks but we allow up to five months to take personal circumstances into account, and the speed of response from the student.
Yes, the course learning outcomes are achieved through reliable feedback. All coursework, poems and other assignments receive comment which will be useful. Students are also encouraged to ask any questions and clarify any points.
Assignments do vary, but there will be some assignments that call for a reflection, which is a short piece of writing giving your opinion about something, you may be asked to read some poems or other articles provided, and you will certainly be asked to write poems.
That will depend on the course you want to take, but you need no formal qualifications. An interest in poetry and writing poetry is important, but even more important is the ability to approach a subject with an open mind and be willing to look at things in new ways.